Roman Polanski faces US extradition all over again

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Roman Polanski faces yet another attempt to be extradited to the U.S., where he has been a fugitive after pleading guilty in 1977 to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has asked Poland's Supreme Court to annul a decision by a court in Krakow from last October which ruled that Polish law forbids Polanski's extradition, according to the Associated Press. In November, prosecutors said they found no grounds to challenge the decision.

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French-Polish film director Roman Polanski smiles during a conference at the Paris Book Fair on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (C) is accompanied by his lawyers as he arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (C) is accompanied by his lawyers as he arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: Director Roman Polanski presents the Musical 'Le bal des Vampires' during the 'Vivement Dimanche' French TV Show at Pavillon Gabriel on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Polish-French director Roman Polanski (R) and British former Formula One racing driver Jackie Stewart pose during a photocall before attending a screening of the film 'Week-end of a Champion', directed by Polanski and Frank Simon, in Monaco on December 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
388086 07: Film Director Roman Polanski Attends A Memorial Service For Victims Of The Holocaust, April 19, 2001 In Warsaw, Poland. The Day Marked The 58Th Anniversary Of The Uprising Of The Jews Imprisoned In The Warsaw Ghetto By The Nazi Germans. Polanski Himself Escaped From The Krakow Jewish Ghetto Earlier In World War Ii And Spent The Rest Of The War Years Hiding In Polish Villages. (Photo By East News/Getty Images)
Roman Polanski and his wife Emmanuelle Seigner - Solidarity party for Egypt - 1993. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Emmanuelle Seigner and her husband Roman Polanski, at the European cinema awards - 1989. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Film director Roman Polanski appears at a press reception in Amsterdam, Netherlands to promote his film Tess in 1979. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Film director Roman Polanski appears with German actress Nastassja Kinski at a press reception in Amsterdam, Netherlands to promote his film Tess in 1979. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1964: Francoise Dorleac dancing with Roman Polanski. Paris, Club Saint-Hilaire. 1963. HA-1616. (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
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Ziobro assumed office late last year, after the ruling, and has argued that the Oscar-winning filmmaker should not be shielded from prosecution because of his fame.

In a statement, Ziobro's office argued that the Krakow court's decision defied a Polish-U.S. extradition agreement, under which "the defendant should be handed over to the United States."

Polanski, the director of films such as "Chinatown" and "Tess," pleaded guilty in 1977 of having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles. He was charged with six offenses, including rape by use of drugs and sodomy.

After serving 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea deal, Polanski fled the U.S. for France.

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Last year, the Krakow judge ruled that the director had served his punishment in U.S. jail term and later for 10 months — partly under house arrest — in Switzerland in 2009-2010 when the U.S. unsuccessfully sought his extradition from that country.

Polanski won an Academy Award for best director for his 2002 Holocaust drama "The Pianist," which he filmed in Warsaw.

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